AKC GR Attends National League of Cities in LA
In November, staff from AKC’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) attended the National League of Cities 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles. Legislators, municipal government staff, and administrators attend the annual conference for seminars, to listen to speakers, and to engage with organizations such as the AKC to discuss local government policies, trends, and technology.
GR team members Phil Guidry and Robert Miller participated in conversations with legislators and other policymakers from across the country on a wide array of issues, including breed-specific legislation, dog parks, breeding and ownership oversight, licensing compliance, zoning and planning regulations, rescue businesses, shelter operations, and many others.
“NLC afforded us another opportunity to make face-to-face connections with local legislators and administrators,” said Miller. “Personal contact with these officials allowed us to detail the ways AKC GR can provide expert assistance to municipalities, including through research and legislation drafting.”
Guidry added, “Conferences like NLC are great because they afford AKC GR opportunities to promote the organization’s history and good works; and to explain how our canine legislation position statements, which honor responsible dog breeders and owners and promote consumer choice, can serve as the foundations for beneficial local laws.”
AKC GR looks forward to next year’s City Summit, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas.